Powerless Kashmir

Powerless Kashmir

Kashmir is powerless, both in the literal and figurative sense of the term. This is, of course, stating the obvious but the reference is to the electricity (power) woes that have hit the valley. The power crisis that has the Kashmir in a viselike grasp comes at a time when electricity is needed most during […]

Refugee resettlement:  A Trojan Horse

Refugee resettlement:  A Trojan Horse

As the tension that riled Kashmir after the killing of Burhan Wani killing still lingers on, a controversy has been foisted upon the people, into the very firmament of the contested territory. This time around, it is in the form and shape of identity cards given to the West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs) to resettle in […]

Lawlessness of law

Lawlessness of law

A struggle for political and human rights is also fundamentally a fight against a set or body of laws that are used by the State or the oppressor to deny those rights. Highlighting truth is actually about the right to freedom of expression as much as it is about freedom after expression. It is the […]

Making hey while fatigue!

Making hey while fatigue!

The history of legislation in Kashmir has been a relentless process of weakening the local political agency. The political parties, right from the days when the National Conference was almost the sole arbitrator of the fate of Kashmir to the period when the Peoples Democratic Party came into being, have not been able to resist […]

UNSHACKLED- We are back!

UNSHACKLED- We are back!

The work that must go in producing a newspaper every day cannot ever be postponed. Three months is a long time in the life of a daily and those who make it – reporters, editors and members of its administrative and managerial staff. But for us at Kashmir Reader it felt like just the next […]

Of chances and chancers

Of chances and chancers

The Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s yesterday’s statement hailing Prime Minister Modi for giving Pakistan the ‘last chance’ to fight poverty and illiteracy together “instead of militant activities” stands discredited less than 24 hours later as the news about cross the border firing between the troops of the two countries that has caused several fatalities on […]

From dream to hope

From dream to hope

Kashmiri resistance to the forms of rule they have lived under has long spawned a dream of sovereignty, a ferment that has been constantly nurtured by generations. This resistance has invited eras of repression, which finally brought about the extreme degree of militarization of the land its residents are chafed under. But nothing has dissolved […]

The politics of academe

The politics of academe

The education minister Naeem Akhtar’s latest statement calling for keeping academia outside of politics should be welcomed as a sign of some change and perhaps an open realization on part of the current ruling dispensation that its inconsiderate actions are yielding nothing but harm on the ground. During the raging mass uprising, many have pointed […]

Speak justice

Speak justice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in reference to Kashmir in his Kerela speech on Saturday and then again in Man Ki Baat on Sunday. Modi’s speeches are usually composed of his development mantra which of course has buyers in India, but whenever he speaks of matters Kashmir the place where it least resonates, perhaps does […]

Say No to War

Say No to War

Considering that there have been three wars between India and Pakistan –four, if the ‘Kargil war’ is counted – it is not unimaginable that they will go to war again, sooner or later. Fears of nuclear bombs notwithstanding, both countries must stay prepared for war. Even if everyone wishes to avoid war, the very fact […]

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